- Live Activities: National, regional, or local conferences, workshops, seminars, regularly scheduled conferences, journal clubs, simulation workshops, structured learning activities presented during a committee meeting, and live internet webinars.
- Enduring Materials: CME activities that endure over a specified time such as print, audio, video, and internet materials, such as monographs, podcasts, CD-ROMs, DVDs, archived webinars, as well as other web-based activities.
- Journal-Based CME: An article written within a peer-reviewed, professional journal.
- Test item writing: Physicians learn through their contribution to the development of high-stakes examinations, or certain peer-reviewed, self-assessment activities, by researching, drafting and defending potential questions for examinations given by the National Board of Medical Examiners (NBME) or a member board of the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS), or for peer reviewed, published, self-assessment educational activities from a national medical specialty society. This must be a robust process which includes participation in a group peer review.
- Manuscript Review: The critical review of an assigned journal manuscript. The review must be of an original contribution for publication in a medical journal indexed by MEDLINE which requires multiple reviewers.
- Performance Improvement CME: An accredited CME provider structures a long-term three-stage process by which a physician or group of physicians learn about specific performance measures, assess their practice using the selected performance measures, implement interventions to improve performance related to these measures over a useful interval of time, and then reassess their practice using the same performance measures. A PI CME activity may address any facet (structure, process or outcome) of a physician’s practice with direct implications for patient care.
- Internet point of care learning: A self-directed, online learning on topics relevant to their clinical practice. Learning for this activity includes a reflective process in which a physician must document their clinical question, the sources consulted and the application to practice.
- Successful participation in a residency or fellowship: A resident/fellow can receive a standard one, two, or three-year AMA Physician’s Recognition Award (PRA) and/or a resident/fellow can claim 20 credits via the AMA per year for participating in an ACGME accredited residency and/or fellowship program.
- Certification/Maintenance of certifications with an ABMS specialty board: A physician can receive a standard three-year AMA Physician’s Recognition Award (PRA) for completing an ABMS member board certification process, and/or a physician can claim 60 AMA credits for successfully completing an ABMS board certification process
Some activities that are not acceptable for credit are:
- Clinical Experience
- Charity or mission work
- Serving on a committee, council, task force, board, etc.
- Passing examinations that are not integrated with a certified activity
The CME provider will issue a certificate or wallet card that proves the completion of the required credit. Some online programs maintain a list of credits earned. Regardless, it is important to always maintain a file of recent CMEs to keep handy for credentialing and licensing purposes. Please feel free to contact the Barton Credentialing or Licensing Department with any additional questions. Some helpful resources regarding CME credits: